Volunteers and community members discuss an artist's rendering of the Idyllwild Community Center site. Pictured from left are Melissa Montgomery, Ben Killingsworth, Jerry Sue Haney and Judith Schonebaum. Photo by Cid Castillo

Ice Rink set to open this month at Idyllwild Community Center site

The four-member Idyllwild Community Recreation Council (ICRC) has added two new directors, Claudia Posey and Cheryl Vladika. One vacancy remains on the seven-person board.

Chris Singer takes center stage, explaining an artist’s renderings of the center.

Posey is the former assistant recreation director at Town Hall where she managed recreation programs. Vladika, who along with Posey, serves as a volunteer at the Idyllwild Skate Park (ISP), plans to bring her experience in and enthusiasm for fundraising events to the board.

During the Nov. 8 meeting, the board also discussed the request of the Idyllwild Community Center committee (ICC) to open its own bank account. The ICC committee operates under the aegis of ICRC’s 501(c)(3), the San Jacinto Mountain Community Center, Inc. The board approved a motion to authorize the ICC committee to open a separate bank account for their exclusive use under its umbrella and to allow only one signature on ICC checks.

The ICC group is in the process of obtaining its own fictitious business name. The board discussed whether the ICC was obligated to report back to it on how they spend their funds, since ICC will operate under ICRC’s governance, if and until ICC sets up its own 501(c)(3).

In other business, directors discussed the ice rink on the ICC property, which is slated for a November opening. “Our goal is to have it open about noon on the day of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, [Saturday, Nov. 26],” said ICRC Vice President Dawn Sonnier. “But this is a goal as it takes six days just for the ice to harden over [the required] six inches.”

ICC volunteer Marge Muir. Photo by Cid Castillo

Vladika reported that homeless individuals are using one port-a-potty on the ICC site. “They consider it theirs,” she said. Vladika reported the facility shows evidence of drug use, such as discarded needles. The board discussed having that particular port-a-potty moved closer to the road, and further from the hillside on the back of the property to deter inappropriate use.

Sonnier stated there has been no response from the county’s Economic Development Agency regarding ICRC’s final requests for reimbursement for the period ending July 31, 2011, the final date of ICRC’s county recreation contract.

Finally, volunteers continue to successfully staff the Idyllwild Skate Park, which is now open most days, except Friday, from noon until dusk, weather permitting.

Idyllwild Community Center committee members and volunteers guide attendees through the “Virtual Tour and Open House” conducted on the future site of the center. Chris Maxson explains details to a family.